Greater Manchester police are urging the public to show domestic violence the red card during the world cup.
During the 2010 tournament officers saw a 43 per cent increase in calls reporting domestic abuse following England's defeat.
The North West Ambulance Service saw the number of assaults were also up by a third. Specialist officers will be on duty throughout the tournament.
Detective Chief Superintendent Vanessa Jardine from GMP's Public Protection Division, said
'We know from our own data that there was a spike in domestic incidents during the 2010 World Cup.
We want to make it clear to those offenders that this year's event as with any sporting event will not be used as a way of justifying such abusive behaviour.'